Hollywood actor dies as Baywatch fans pay tribute to 83 year old

Hollywood star Zack Norman has passed away at the age of 83.

The actor, who was known for roles in Romancing The Stone and Cadillac Man, and who had guest appearances in The A-Team and Baywatch, passed away on Sunday, 28 April, with his son-in-law Jeff Briller confirming the sad news to Deadline.

Born in Boston in Massachusetts, Zack attended the Governor’s Academy and Vanderbilt University and received an executive MBA degree from Harvard Business School before making his big break in acting.

During his career, which started back in the 1960s, Zack first worked as a comedian and broke into the world of TV in 1969 when he performed stand-up comedy on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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Actor Zack Norman has passed away form 'natural causes' at 83 -Credit:Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

He also produced John Arden’s Live Like Pigs, which was a long-running drama that opened off-Broadway in 1965.

In 1981, he landed a role in Milos Forman's Ragtime in 1981 and in 1984 he appeared in Robert Zemeckis’ Romancing the Stone before starring in Robert Downey Sr.’s America in 1986.

With his career going from strength to strength, in 1990 the actor co-starred in Cadillac Man alongside Hollywood legends Robin Williams, Tim Robbins and Fran Drescher. Three years later, Zack worked again with Fran when he appeared in TV show The Nanny where he played her uncle across three episodes.

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Zack appeared in shows including The A-Team and Baywatch -Credit:John M. Heller/Getty Images

Meanwhile, he also appeared on shows including Baywatch and The A-Team during the 1980s and 1990s.

More recently, in 2006 he starred in Hollywood Dreams while in 2015 he appeared in Ovation and Chief Zabu in 2016.

Away from the big and small screen, Zack also starred in more than 20 stage plays and was known for being a fine art collector and reportedly owned five pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, who was known for his use of large canvases and vibrant colours.

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Zack's acting career began in the 1960s -Credit:Paul Archuleta/Getty Images

Following the sad news, TV and film fans took to social media to express their heartbreak at the announcement.

“Man, 83 is a solid run - RIP to Zack Norman, his role in Romancing The Stone was iconic,” wrote one user on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“I never met Zack Norman but when his movie Chief Zabu, that he made with my friend Neil Cohen, was released 30 years after it was shot, it allowed me to finally interview Marianna Hill, who returned from London to promote it. For that, I'll always be grateful to Mr. Norman. RIP,” another added.